Eight Kenyan families who lost their relatives in the Ethiopian airlines are suing Boeing for negligence in a case filed in the United State of America.
Through their lawyers, the families want Boeing held liable for the airplane crash that claimed 157 lives, arguing that the aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines had faulty systems based on preliminary reports they have received.
According to the lawyers, led by Carlos Velasquez and Laban Opande, they will be seeking justice for all the families of the 157 victims.
“Obviously what these families want is compensation for their loved ones who died during that unfortunate crash and what we seek to do is file claims against the manufacturer of the aircraft because clearly from what we have, the aircraft had problems with its system that led to the crash,” said Velasquez.
32 Kenyans were among the 157 passengers and crew killed when the Ethiopian airline crashed last month en route to Nairobi.
Ethiopian Airlines chief executive officer Tewolde Gebre Mariam had told journalists during a past press briefing that the pilot of the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 had alerted controllers that he had difficulties and wanted to turn back and was given clearance to return to Addis.
Black boxes show ‘clear similarities’ with Indonesia crash, Ethiopia says
Ethiopia’s transport minister black also later revealed that box data recovered from the Ethiopian Airlines Airlines flight 302 that crashed showed “clear similarities” with a recent crash in Indonesia of the same type of aircraft that killed all 189 passengers and crew.
This resulted to a worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft involved after aviation regulators noticed similarities with the October crash of an Indonesian Lion Air 737 MAX 8.
Both planes reportedly experienced erratic steep climbs and descents as well as fluctuating airspeeds before crashing shortly after takeoff.